Thursday, October 5, 2023

Books for Children and Young People for Black History Month - October 2023

For Black History Month we have created a list of books for children and young people which are available in Sheffield Libraries.

Picture Books

Grandad Mandela by Zazi Ziwelene & Zindzi Manela and illustrated by Sean Qualls (Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books)

Our Story Starts in Africa by Patrice Lawrence and illustrated by Jeanetta Gonzales (Publisher: Magic Cat Publishing)

Is That Your Mama by Patrice Lawrence and illustrated by Diane Ewen (Publisher: Scholastic)          

Children’s Fiction

Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story by E L Norry and illustrated by Alette Straathof (Publisher: Scholastic)

How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons (Publisher: Puffin)

A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman (Publisher: Square Fish)

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah (Publisher: Scholastic)

Queen of Freedom by Catherine Johnson (Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books)

The Elemental Detective by Patrice Lawrence (Publisher Scholastic)

Journey Back to Freedom: The Olaudah Equiano Story by Catherine Johnson (Publisher Barrington Stoke)


A Change Is Gonna Come by various (Publisher: Stripes Publishing)


Katherine Johnson: A Life Story by Leila Rasheed and illustrated by Sarah Papworth (Publisher: Scholastic)

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker (Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books)

Black and British: An Illustrated History by David Olusoga and illustrated by Jake Alexander and Melleny Taylor (Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books)

Little People, Big Dreams: Muhammad Ali by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara (Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Queer Heroes by Arabelle Sicardi and illustrated by Sarah Tanat-Jones (Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions)

Timelines from Black History: Leaders, legends, legacies Introduction by Mireille Harper and illustrated by Lauren Quinn (Publisher: DK Children)

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Publisher: Puffin)

Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Publisher: Puffin)

Little People, Big Dreams: Josephine Baker by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

and illustrated by Agathe Sorlet (Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Young Adult

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Publisher: Andersen Press)

Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman (Publisher: Walker Books)

Kemosha of the Caribbean by Alex Wheatle (Publisher: Andersen Press)

You can reserve the books via the Sheffield Libraries catalogue here.

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